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Daniela Bleichmar, Paula De Vos, Kristin Huffine, and Kevin Sheehan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753586

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753586.001.0001

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Baroque Natures

Baroque Natures

Juan E. Nieremberg, American Wonders, and Preterimperial Natural History

(p.93) Chapter Five Baroque Natures
Science in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, 1500-1800

Juan Pimentel

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This chapter examines seventeenth-century American nature and the discipline of natural history, focusing on the ascetic Jesuit writer, Juan E. Nieremberg. It examines Nieremberg's works on natural philosophy and natural history: the Curiosa y oculta filosofía (Curious and Obscure Philosophy, 1649), which deals with wonders and curiosities of nature; and Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae (History of Nature, the Greatest Pilgrim; 1635), a miscellaneous work that lies in between travel literature and treatises of exotic therapeutics.

Keywords:   American nature, natural history, Juan E. Nieremberg, Curiosa y oculta filosofía, Curious and Obscure Philosophy, Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae, History of Nature

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